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Kirk W

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  1. 9 hours ago, sandsys said:

    I was told my membership number is mine for life so that if I every pay up again I will still have the same member number.

    That is true. As far as I know, there is no rule prohibiting the use but it does mean that the use of an SKP number does not mean that the person posting is a member, only that they were at one time. While there is a rule prohibiting misuse of the SKP numbers but I really don't know exactly what it prohibits. Probably the making up of one if you never had one?


    Rule #15: Miss use of SKP #s and Lifetime Member badges will result in a warning. If false SKP information is then not removed accordingly account will be banned.


  2. 2 hours ago, Second Chance said:

    In "Auto World" it stands for technical service bulletin.

    I took the question to be related to the "extended warranty" subject, but I suspect that you are correct. If so, the manufacturer of the chassis should take care of it without any sort of warranty requirement. 

  3. 38 minutes ago, myshipp said:

    Anyway, I noticed Escapees had a forum, so I thought that I could find others who used their service and had the same experience.

    You did noting wrong and in fact most of us would do the same. Please do not be offended by the remarks made by some of our members. Sometimes we are not good with words and so put things poorly, sometimes we may just be in a crabby mood, and some respond to a post without bothering to read all of the previous replies and so repeat the same things which were previously said. Most of the time the person responding does mean well, even when it doesn't sound that way. By all means do not hesitate to bring your problems here as there are usually people about who can help. Also, none of the Escapee management reads these forums on a regular basis and even those who administer the forums do not read every post or visit every day. They generally try to be as hands off as possible and anyone is allowed to join the forums, even when they are not and never have been members of the club and even a few or the regulars were once members but have allowed their membership to drop, but still display the membership number that was assigned to them, even if it has been years since they belonged. 

  4. I am in no way implying that you are being deceitful. What I do wonder is why you do not call the Escpaee office so that you can speak directly to someone there? That would be the most effective way to get your questions answered and you could see why you have not received the mentioned welcome letter. 

    Phone  936-327-8873   or    888-580-8444

  5. 22 hours ago, Jennifer Ministries said:

    what about TSB, is it covered with warranty if remain warranty till now?

    I am not familiar with the term "TSB" but assume that you are asking about a product usually marketed as an Extended Warranty? If I am correct in what you are asking, the Extended Warranty products are in fact an insurance policy to cover failures within your RV, tow vehicle, or any product that happens to sell one. It operates similar to a health insurance policy in that they always have a deductible, they usually limit what things they will pay for and may have a maximum that they will pay out. In the RV world these policies come in two types, inclusionary and exclusionary. In the first type only the listed items are covered for payment while the second covers everything that is not listed as excluded. The second is the kind that one should buy if they choose to get one. I suggest that before you buy such a product, you take the time to read this article from Escapees Magazine.

  6. Let me suggest that you start by reading a little bit about just what domicile really is and how you get one. This article was written by 2 attorneys who work with Escapee members. The Ultimate Guide to Establishing Your Domicile as an RVer  Next, read the article Florida, A Place to Call Home. These two articles should help to answer your questions but do not hesitate to come back with specific issues since we have members who are using the Escapee Florida address for domicile.

  7. 5 hours ago, Randyretired said:

    As stated above maybe 2 things running at the same time anymore and the breaker may trip.

    Any 2 large loads at one time, along with the smaller things that operate on a routine basis. If you are used to living with 50a service you probably will sometimes have restrictions. 

  8. 2 hours ago, oldjohnt said:

    HOWEVER if the solenoid has no S and I terminals but instead places the coil between the two small terminals and DOES NOT use the case as a conductor, if you apply 12 volts to the two small coil terminals the relay closes and if voltage is removed the relay opens.

    Since your present terminals are not marked for s & I, it would be my guess that you have what John is describing here. If the previous solenoid had S & I terminals then you probably should replace it with one of that type. 

    9 hours ago, WILDSIDE said:

    As I understand it, the solenoid is grounded to the frame at the bolting point.

    That is only true for solenoids that use the S & I terminals. If yours will engage by applying 12V across the two small terminals, that means that you don't have the S & I type of setup. If the solenoid uses a case ground then it should engage with +12V applied to the S terminal and the negative connected to the mounting case. If you use an ohm meter you can determine which you have because you will read a very low resistance between the two small terminals and open between either one and the case, if you have the type without any S & I terminals. 

  9. 6 hours ago, oldjohnt said:

    Yo Kirk, mind sharing  your opinion on his solenoid question???

    My memory is a little sketchy on this too, but I did help a neighbor to put a very similar one into his lawn tractor but the spade connectors on his were stamped with an S & an I. In searching I was able to find this picture that may help. It isn't the same starter, but I suspect that the connections are the same. 


    4 hours ago, rickeieio said:

    We don't know for sure if the genny uses the coach battery to start.

    While that may be true, I have never seen one connected any other way. There is good reason for that on a motorhome as it means that by using the cross connect you can start the generator to help if the chassis battery is discharged or visa versa. 

  10. 52 minutes ago, chirakawa said:

    USPS tracking leaves a lot to be desired. 

    It also changes with any change of carrier, or at least it does for a rural route. For 8 years our mail was delivered to a cluster mail box with several large package boxes at the bottom and a key would be in the package recipient's mailbox. For the first 5 0r 6 years any mistake in the mail delivery was rare and always meant that the carrier was on vacation and a substitute brought our mail. Then our carrier retired and the new ones seem to just spread the mail among the cluster boxes in a random order and the key for the box with a package is rarely in the proper box. The community refers to the mess as the USPS's new, get to know your neighbor plan.

  11. Like John, I think that your starting battery is very suspect and suggest that you take it to a battery store and ask them to load test it. Most places will do this with no charge. What you describe is typical of a very old and sulfated battery. I would also emphasize the point he made about that 30Ω resistance to ground is better, but still poor unless you have a meter that is not accurate. Resistance to ground should measure 5Ω or less. It could be either a bad connection or perhaps a bad cable between the solenoid and the ground post. I would try measuring the cable for resistance.

  12. 15 hours ago, GreyDawg said:

    Do you have a reference? 

    At one time I did have that information, but have long since lost or deleted it. I suggest that you just put in a change of address to your new address with the TX-DMV and see what happens. For your driver's license, do that same thing with TX-DPS and also online. If you should run into problems, contact the Escapees business office. When we moved from Ft. Worth to Livingston I did it that way with no problem. I have since that moved again to Smith County and more recently to Dallas County and also online for each change.

  13. It does sound like a loss of coolant problem, but there really isn't much here to go on. It would help us if we knew the make and model of refrigerator that you have? Have you checked inside the access panel on the outer wall of the RV? If not, you need to look for any sign of a yellow powder or mud like substance, any ammonia odor, even if faint, and see if the tubes from the  boiler are hot and up at the top at least quite warm. Is there any cooling in the freezer compartment but not the chill box area? From the sound it would seem that you do not have a power problem.

  14. Welcome to the Escapee forums and also to the USA! 

    In order to license and insure an RV in the USA you must have an address in the chosen state to put on the title and the insurance. You do not need a US driver's license, but insurance will typically cost less if you get one. I strongly suggest that you consider joining the Escapees RV Club and then get an address through them. You can fly into Dallas fairly readily and there are several dealers there who are familiar with visitors buying and licensing through Escapees and probably the best known is PPL RV in Houston, which is near the Escapee offices in Livingston. You may also find it helpful to read this brief article about what you wish to do that was written by an Australian. 

  15. 25 minutes ago, KBArtisans said:

    So excited to learn these things.

    Here is a belated welcome to the Escapee open forums! We are happy that you came here and even more happy that our replies were helpful. Please continue to visit these forums and join in with comments or new thoughts. 

  16. Two possibilities come to mind. Since you ran out of propane before changing tanks, there may be air in the line that needs to be vented out before the furnace will light. Turn on the stove top burner and light it first to be sure all air is vented. It may take a bit of time before the air stops and propane begins, so that the burner lights. Once it is burning well try the furnace again.

    The second thought is that if you are not connected to shore power then you could also have low voltage from your batteries, which can cause that problem, but the more likely is the first.

  17. 7 hours ago, Pat & Pete said:

    Both had continuity in the depressed ( door closed ) position . If that's correct , I'll have to keep looking for another cause .

    If the switch is typical, the light should turn on when the switch has 0 ohms and turn off when it goes to very high resistance. While you are working with it, check to see if there is 12V to the switch and if that 12V passes through the switch. It needs to pass the 12V when the door is closed. In most cases that would be with the button depressed.

  18. If you are looking at the GVWR of a vehicle, that is the maximum weight that it should ever weight when fully loaded, so I see no reason why you would need to add weight. If you are looking that the dry weight, that really doesn't tell you anything useful because that is the weight with nothing at all in the RV and most people will add at least 100# per person for even a weekend and if fulltime or extended travel is planned, consider that you need more in the order of 1000 to 2000# per person and you don't want to exceed the GVWR, or gross vehicle weight rating. 

    On the tow vehicle search, if you have a Car Max in your area, they are one of the easiest sellers to deal with because they do not play the games with price that dealers do. They give you a price that they will pay for your present vehicle and a price to buy the one you are considering and the two deals are completely separate as they should be. 

  19. 2 hours ago, GreyDawg said:

    QUESTION:   Can I use the address of CMRA (ie mail service) in Travis County for the TxDL, or will that be rejected (we know Livingston is accepted because in theory we could live there).

    Actually,the view that one could live at the  Escapee address has nothing at all to do with the legality. The reason for it is that the state of Texas allow use of mail service addresses for all purposes. You should be able to just do an  address change. Be sure to have your insurance and vehicle titles to that same address as well as voter registration.

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